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Don't forget the Popcorn


For me, going to the movies has always been one of my favorite experiences. And I mean the actual act of going to the movies - it's the one thing home theaters can never replicate. A lot of people groan about waiting in line and sticky floors and the teenage kids working behind the counter, but to me that's all part of the show. 

You walk in and there's noise. Lots of noise. The popper running overtime in the background, orders being shouted back and forth. If you key in to particular conversations you can hear anything. Some kid screaming about the latest cartoon. A couple up front who just can't remember the name of the movie - but they know it's got Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, and is about the Titanic. A gaggle of early-teens split boys and girls and giggling at each other. An old man who hasn't been to the movies in 5 years  and wants to know what's good. And the best part about it - is that you've probably been one of these people. As a matter of fact, you probably have been all of them at one point or another. Personally, I even spent 4 years as that guy behind the counter.

And the smell. First it's the odd mixture of cleaning fluid, too many teenagers, and large plastic signage. But then comes the fresh popped popcorn and you know you're going to end up in the concession line even though you're full... but man, popcorn sounds so good and a small just isn't enough to satisfy.

I could go on and on. I haven't even gotten to the actual movie part yet. Sound that rattles your seat along with the seats of the 300 people sitting around you. Projection that flickers and lights up the room. An entire crowd laughing and living and dying all together at once, but still having experiences on a completely individual level.

This is a long way around the fact that I haven't been to the movies in a while, and am planning on going this weekend. I don't even know what we're seeing yet - but it's definitely time to go back.




I'm curious about the sudden trend of announcements about annoucements that then lead to virtually nothing.  Square-Enix had a post of some kind on Sunday that big news was coming for Friday and the rumor train started up in full force as a result.  Some thought it might have to do with Final Fantasy XIII getting a surprise worldwide release in December (much like Final Fantasy X did) which then only caused me to start salivating at the thought and giggling.  Now it appears that the big news is little more than a new trailer that will premier on Sony's Home which is, at the very least, full of suck.  i've seen enough pictures and clips at this point in time that a trailer is going to do me very very little good and serve only to spoil a plotline or two and this only now cements the fact that having a press conference to announce a coming announcement is a practice that seriously needs to die off.  Bungie has been doing it forever and Hideo Kojima, the main dude behind Metal Gear, has adopted the practice as well over the past few years and while I used to get excited about upcoming games in a series I like, I can no longer be bothered to care.  When it comes to hype, I prefer a "less is more" approach.  But maybe that's just me.

Sorry for the rant.  I just got handed a trailer when what I really wanted is a physical game and I'm liable to drive to Japan (yes, drive, that's how unhappy I am) and choke someone.

Also, MTV needs to die.



What do you mean you don't know what you're going to see?  2012 is out.  That has popcorn written all over it.  And pain. 

It's Possible...


If Roland Emmerich makes another movie he may have to blow up other planets to make it bigger.

Also: Pirate Radio looks fantastic.